Leslie A Holland Obituary

Leslie A Holland

Leslie A. Holland, age 88, of Ames, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday August 4, 2020 at St. John’s by the Campus Episcopal Church of Ames, with Rev. Kim Turner Baker officiating. Attendance will be limited to family members due to COVID restrictions, but the memorial service may be viewed at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84522493308 A Celebration of Life for the public will be held at a later date. Leslie Archer Holland was born on January 15, 1932 to Henry and Petra (Helland) Holland in Kelley, IA. He graduated from Ames High School in 1949. He continued his education at the University of Iowa, where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration in 1958 and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration in 1960. Leslie was united in marriage to Alyce Harrington on September 14, 1957 at the Danforth Chapel in Iowa City. He was employed by the League of Iowa Municipalities and then the League of Colorado Municipalities. Leslie returned to Iowa, and worked on the staff of Governor Harold Hughes. From 1968 to 1976, he was appointed as the Legislative Liaison to the Highway Commission, which later became the Iowa Department of Transportation. Leslie was then appointed as the Director of the Rail and Waterway Division of the Iowa Department of Transportation, and under his direction the Iowa rail system was greatly improved and modernize. In 1994, he was appointed as the Deputy Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, until his retirement in 1997. Leslie and Alyce were avid bridge players. He enjoyed fishing, boating, camping, and woodworking, in which he produced heirloom quality furniture. Leslie was a member of the St. John’s by the Campus Episcopal Church of Ames, where he was a Senior Warden, and the Golden K Kiwanis and was a past president. Leslie is survived by his wife, Alyce Holland of Ames, IA; his sons, Steve Holland of West Des Moines, IA, Dan Holland of Ames, IA and Edwin Holland of Ames, IA; two grandsons, Tommy Holland of Ames, IA and Christopher Holland of Carlisle, IA; one brother, Chester (Helen) Holland of Overland Park, KS; and one sister, Edith Miller of Chadds Ford, PA. He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Edwin Holland and Stanley Holland. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left to Leslie’s family at www.adamssoderstrum.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Golden K Kiwanis or St. John’s by the Campus Episcopal Church of Ames.
January 15, 1932 - July 31, 202001/15/193207/31/2020
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August 1
Ralph Rosenberg
August 5
I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I have very good memories of working with Les when I served in the Iowa legislator. He was a true public servant. My condolences.
Loren Beem
August 4
Steve, Dan and Holland family, please accept condolences from the Beem family. I never knew Leslie but I can say for sure that he was a good man just based on the family that he and Alyce raised. I am sure he was very proud of all of you! Take solace in the fact that h... Continue Reading
Eileen Primmer
August 3
Les was one of the kindest men I ever met. I lived at a rural address of Kelley when I first met him at the DOT, and he was proud that he was born in Kelley. I never worked directly for him but always heard good things about him. My sympathies to the family.
Quinn & Faye Tipping
August 3
With heartfelt condolences
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Judy Chamat
August 3
Dear Steve and Family, My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the passing of your Father. May your Faith and memories of happy times carry you through the days ahead. You are in my thoughts and prayers. "Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the... Continue Reading
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Monica McHugh
August 3
Dear Alyce and sons, I worked with Les in the Rail & Water Division from 1990 to 1995. I was in my very early 20s and wanted to share with you my experiences. First, my dad was a state senator at the time, but my first day on the job Les brought a smile to my face bec... Continue Reading
Betty Gordon
August 2
Alyce, Steve, Dan, Ted, and family, I have so many wonderful memories of your beloved husband, dad, and grandpa! I transfered to Rail/Water in Feb. 1987 and worked under his direction until 1994 when we were disbanded and he was promoted to no. 2 position of the DOT !!... Continue Reading